If you answer YES to any of these questions, call (585) 935-7800 TODAY to speak with someone who can help right away.

Are you asking yourself:

  • “What if I’m wrong?"
  • “What if I can make sure the abuse stops?" 
  • “What if this isn’t really abuse?"

Have you noticed this type of behavior by the child?

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Problems at school or with peers
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Returning to bedwetting, thumb sucking, etc.
  • Fear of a certain person
  • Skipping school, running away or acting out
  • Attempting suicide
  • Writing or artwork that’s strangely sexual
  • Excessive sexual curiosity, masturbation or promiscuity
  • Seductive behavior toward adults or peers

Have you noticed these physical signs on the child?

  • Unexplained headaches, stomach aches, vomiting, fainting or blackouts
  • Bedwetting or soiling
  • Loss or gain of appetite and/or weight
  • Injury, itching, pain or soreness in genital or anal area
  • Torn, stained or bloody underclothes
  • Sexually transmitted disease or vaginal discharge
  • Pregnancy

Have you seen this behavior in adults near the child?

  • Refusal to let child set limits
  • Insisting on hugs, touching, kissing, tickling, etc. even when child resists
  • Overly interested in child’s physical or sexual development
  • Insisting on uninterrupted time alone with child
  • Spending most of spare time with children rather than peers
  • Buying children expensive items or gives money for no reason
  • Frequently walking in on child in the bathroom
  • Allowing child to get away with inappropriate behavior

To report abuse, call the NYS Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720. An operator will help you and if appropriate, register the call in the State Central Register. This prompts an official investigation by Monroe County Child Protective Services.